Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Amanda feel when she first met Victor?

2. Why does Elyot tell Amanda to turn the gramophone off?

3. When Elyot was on his world travels, what kept him from being too excited about what he saw?

4. According to Amanda, what are Hungarians like?

5. At the end of Act II, what happens during the fight over the gramophone?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the end of Act II, why does Elyot calling "Sollocks" not work?

2. What sets off the very first argument of Act II?

3. Elyot muses that he and Amanda are clearly in love after they have a small tiff. Amanda protests that he should not sound so bitter about the fact. Why would Elyot sound bitter or resigned when saying that he and Amanda are in love?

4. What are Amanda's beliefs?

5. What do the reactions of Victor and Sibyl to the spectacle of Amanda and Elyot fighting suggest about their personalities?

6. Why would Elyot say that he and Amanda would have been perfectly happy with Victor and Sibyl?

7. Why does Elyot say that, despite their current happiness, being separated was probably for the best?

8. At the beginning of Act II, does it appear that Elyot and Amanda have been getting along? How can the reader tell?

9. After Amanda and Elyot make up during the "triple Sollocks," what happens that brings their happy mood down again and why?

10. How is Elyot being hypocritical about Amanda's disclosure of her post-marital affairs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Amanda's speech about a person's private life sums up one of the themes of the play. What would happen if Amanda and Elyot behaved with everyone else as they do with each other? Would they be as successful in life as they appear to be? Would anyone have wanted to marry either of them again? Do you believe this? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

In the world of this play, does it seem that love cannot exist without violence? How do violence and passion relate to each other or do they at all? Cite specific examples from the script to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

The stage directions and dialogue are very direct with how the characters should look. Discuss the physical characteristics, clothing, and age of each character and how it reflects upon each character. Why is it important that Sibyl is seven years younger than Elyot or that Victor is in his mid-thirties? What about the difference in costuming between Amanda and Sibyl? How do the characters appear to each other?

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